Full of family fun

Brothers Luke (left), 10, and Adam Olson, 8, both of Kingsley, enjoy the flying swings ride at the Anderson Midway Carnival Friday afternoon during the Manistee National Forest Festival. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Brothers Luke (left), 10, and Adam Olson, 8, both of Kingsley, enjoy the flying swings ride at the Anderson Midway Carnival Friday afternoon during the Manistee National Forest Festival. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Busy weekend scheduled for Manistee National Forest Festival

MANISTEE — Manistee County will be filled with activity today and Sunday when the 82nd Manistee National Forest Festival takes off with fun events for the entire family.

Manistee Area Chamber of Chamber of Commerce president Stacey Bytwork said the schedule is filled with events on both days starting bright and early at 8 a.m. with the Manistee Firecracker 5K Run/Walk that starts at Manistee Middle/High School.

Another early starting event that runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be the Sandcastle contest at Douglas Park First Street Beach. Judging will take place at 3 p.m. and the public is invited to come down and view the creations on the beach.

Manistee County Commissioner Karen Goodman serves fish at the Lions Fish Boil Friday evening. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Manistee County Commissioner Karen Goodman serves fish at the Lions Fish Boil Friday evening. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Bytwork said that the expected warm temperatures will most likely be a little cooler along the lake shore, and that is where many of the activities and events take place.

“We are hoping to get that nice breeze off the lake and people should come out and check out those events,” said Bytwork. “It couldn’t be more beautiful outside right now, and we have 45 events planned for this weekend all over the county so that is a pretty big number.”

Bytwork said that what some people forget is the countless number of local residents who donate their time during this festival every year to make it a success.

“We always want to thank the volunteers who put their time and effort in to making this festival successful so we want to give a shout out to them and all our sponsors, the chamber board and everyone who has stepped up to make this such a fun event for the community and the visitors as well,” said Bytwork.

Another group that Bytwork praised was the City of Manistee employees for what they do in safety and logistics during the festival.

“We also want to thank the Department of Public Works and the Public Safety Department for their

Conor Grohar, 8, of Ada Township, creates his chalk drawing on the sidewalk near the Fountain on River Street during the Manistee National Forest Festival. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Conor Grohar, 8, of Ada Township, creates his chalk drawing on the sidewalk near the Fountain on River Street during the Manistee National Forest Festival. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

support to make this an awesome weekend,” said Bytwork.

Bytwork said in moving around the area on Friday she noticed the activity and number of people coming into the community is on the rise.

“I was in several stores downtown on Friday and there were lots of people in that area and the stores, so it is good for the community,” she said.

The Anderson Midway Carnival will be offering family fun at First Street Beach both days with rides and much more.

One event that will be held both Saturday and Sunday is the popular Manistee World of Arts and Crafts at Red Szymarek Park on Fifth Avenue. It will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

People wanting to learn more about the history of this area can “hop aboard a legend”  between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to take a Manistee County Transportation Trolley tour. Rides originate at the Manistee County Transportation building on Memorial Drive.

Holly Snay, 4, of Manistee, rides a fire truck at the Anderson Midway Carnival at First Street Beach. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Holly Snay, 4, of Manistee, rides a fire truck at the Anderson Midway Carnival at First Street Beach. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

A favorite of both the young and old is the Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo that will feature animals from farm to exotic at Douglas Park First Street Beach by the softball diamonds. Feeding and petting some of the animals is a favorite of many.

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will be holding their annual Jiingtamok (Pow Wow) starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday that will feature vendors, dancers, cultural crafts and food at the gathering grounds behind the Trading Post Gas Station/Store by the casino.

Certified Arborist Ted Salingue from Wildwood Tree Service will be demonstrating  different tree climbing techniques at Rotary Park First Street Beach between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Douglas Valley Winery will be offering Live Music on the Porch with a performance from Chris Skellenger from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Douglas Valley Winery at 5375 Douglas Valley Drive.

The chance to see tomorrow’s stars today will present itself from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Entertainment Stage at First Street Beach with the Little Big Shots Talent Show.

Good music comes to the beach from 6 p.m. to 12:30 am. with the Summer Sound Waves Concert. Musical groups Cousin Curtis, Clear Heels and The Breakfast Club will be performing Saturday night.

King Lion John Mencarelli estimated 1,000 people were served at the Manistee Lions 38th Fish Boil Friday evening.  on the First day of the Manistee National Forest Festival. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

King Lion John Mencarelli estimated 1,000 people were served at the Manistee Lions 38th Fish Boil Friday evening. on the First day of the Manistee National Forest Festival. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Sunday the fun starts early from 8 to 11 a.m. with the Pancake Breakfast at Manistee  High School. The breakfast benefits the Manistee Community Track.

What says Forest Festival better than a Lumberjack competition? From 1 to 3 p.m. at Douglas Park First Street Beach there will be competitions in ax throwing, chainsaw and two man cross cut sawing.

The always popular Scottville Clown Band will be in concert at 4 p.m. at the First Street Beach and right after will be the Beard and Mustache competition.

Also taking place on Division Street at 6:30 p.m. will be the Bed Races competition.

Bytwork invites the public to join in the fun and to enjoy the Manistee National Forest Festival. Events continue through July 4. Visit manisteeforestfestival.com for a full schedule and manisteenews.com for continued coverage.

 

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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